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The Champagne Society – October 2018 Selection

Champagne Serge Mathieu Brut Prestige OR Brut Rosé
Price for The Champagne Society members: $65

The Aube region forms the southernmost part of Champagne, closer to the vineyards of Chablis than to the bulk of Champagne vineyards of the Marne. The area is known for wines of ripeness and generous fruit. To discover wines that wholly represent the region look no further than the grower/producer Serge Mathieu. This small estate produces less than 10,000 cases a year yet has been firmly established as one of the best producers in the Aube today.

The Mathieus have been growers in the Aube since at least 1760. They are seven generations of farmers that began by selling their grapes to négociant houses, eventually accumulating an estate that now covers just over 27 acres. In 1970, Serge Mathieu took the family business to the next level, creating the first champagne bottled under the family name. Today it is his daughter Isabelle and her husband, Michel Jacob, who now run the business, practicing as close to a biodynamic program as the region will sustain.

Champagne Serge Mathieu is based in the village of Avirey-Lingey, one of the smallest wine-growing communes in the Aube. This is the Côte des Bars, where slopes, soils, and climate are favorable to Pinot Noir, under the right hands producing highly expressive, balanced, and approachable wines.

Given the tiny production of Champagne Serge Mathieu we do not have enough of one single cuvée for all of our Champagne Society Members but we still wanted to share the best wines of the Aube with you. You will have a choice of either the Brut Prestige OR Brut Rosé as long as both are available.

 

Champagne Serge Mathieu Brut Prestige

Brut Prestige is a blend of around 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. The wine is aged for four years before disgorgement and finished with a dosage of 8.6 grams/liter. An elegant and delicate wine that could be described as the most feminine of the Serge Mathieu cuvées.

 

 

Champagne Serge Mathieu Brut Rosé

A blend of 90% Pinot noir and 10% Chardonnay, Brut Rosé is a traditional method rosé that is assembled using red wine from the estate and finished with a dosage of 9.5 grams/liter. It is a rosé of clearly defined fruit and crispness.

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Posted on 2018.10.02 in Burgundy, France, The Champagne Society

 

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